Libertarian Party of Maine Recognized as Official Political Party

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Via the Libertarian Party of Maine

Augusta   – The Libertarian Party of Maine (LPME) has officially been declared a recognized political party in the State of Maine.   The Libertarian Party will now enjoy ballot listing status as an official and recognized political party on all Maine ballots effective immediately.  The action is the result of a recent law passed in this state legislative session that became effective on Friday, June 23rd.

“We are excited to have our status as a formal and official political party in Maine formally recognized by true ballot access across Maine” said Clark Phinney, State Party Chair.   “The LPME has long championed this right and we are grateful that after a long and unnecessary battle in both the courts and the legislature we are now able to have the same rights as the other major political parties in our state”.

The Maine Libertarian Party joins the Republican, Democrat, and Green Independents as officially recognized parties with ballot access.  This status comes after a long and extended battle that ultimately resulted in the LPME winning a court challenge to the Maine Secretary of State’s office ruling related to status and voter registration.  Because of the court ruling, and to avoid further litigation, the Secretary of State’s office submitted two bills to the Maine legislature this session to assist in formalizing party status for new and emerging political parties.  One of those bills, LD 1571, was passed by both the Maine House and Senate and has become enacted without Governor LePage’s signature following the required 10 days under Maine law.

Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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